ACAN talk Protecting the River Wey in Alton, 4th Nov 2020

Talk organised by Alton Climate Action and Network (ACAN) on Wednesday 4 November 7.30 pm. Information below is copied from their website.

PROTECTING THE RIVER WEY IN ALTON: TALK AND DISCUSSION BY GLEN SKELTON, SURREY WILDLIFE TRUST

Zoom event – email altonclimatenetwork@gmail.com for the link.

Glen Skelton is the Wetland Landscapes Officer at Surrey Wildlife Trust. For the past 7 years he has been supporting local communities and groups across the River Wey catchment to monitor the health of their local river and apply practical measures to restore degraded stretches. In this talk he will look in detail at the River Wey as it runs through Alton, why this is a particularly important stretch of river and highlight some of the issues and opportunities for restoring our river to something we can be proud of.

Spring-fed rivers like the Wey in Alton are seriously threatened by climate change. Glen will suggest what we all can all do to protect this magnificent resource.

AGM and talk ‘Birds of the Falklands, South Georgia and Antarctica’ 15th Oct 2020

We welcome Keith Betton to tell us about the ‘Birds of the Falklands, South Georgia and Antarctica’ on Thursday 15th October 2020. As a Farnham resident, and Hampshire County Bird Recorder, Keith  is a keen world birder and has visited the Antarctic oceans three times. In this talk he takes us through some of the amazing birds that you can see, and he will explain how the wildlife of these areas fits together in a very challenging environment. All welcome to join this virtual meeting via Zoom, AGM starts at 7pm, talk starts 7.30pm, free for members, £3 non-members.

Note:- In view of Covid-19 restrictions we will be holding a virtual meeting. The Zoom invitation will be emailed beforehand to members and to those on our mailing list. Anyone else who wants to join the meeting can request an invitation through our contact us page.

‘Drop-in’ at wildlife pond, Froyle 11th July 2020

Call in anytime between 10am and 4pm on Saturday 11th July to visit the wildlife pond and meadow, near Gid Lane, Upper Froyle (see location map).  There should be plenty to see especially if it’s a sunny day. Please ensure social distancing during your visit to keep the recommended 2m apart. Note change of date from 4th (poor weather forecast) to 11th July when it should be drier and warmer.

Members of Froyle Wildlife will be on hand to assist with identification of wildflowers, dragonflies’ and butterflies. Wildflower species to look out for include; knapweed, lady’s bedstraw, rough hawkbit, self heal, purple loosestrife, water figwort and bird’s-foot trefoil. Last year six species of dragonfly and ten species of butterfly were noted during the one ‘drop-in’ day. No need to book, just pop in and see what you can spot.

Barn Owl Project talk 17th March 2020

TALK POSTPONED until further notice due to concerns about coronavirus.

Do join us for a talk by Kim Boog about ‘The Barn Owl Project Hampshire’ on Tuesday 17th March 2020.  We’ll hear about the perils barn owls face in the modern world, rescuing rehabilitation and release, habitats and nest boxes. If you’ve never seen a Barn Owl up close before this is your chance as Kim will be bringing one of her rescues (which is unsuitable for release).

Kim runs the Birds of Prey Hospital with which The Barn owl Project is aligned and is accredited for rehabilitation of wild orphaned or injured birds of prey.

Doors open Froyle Village Hall 7pm for teas and coffees, talk to start at 7.30pm. All welcome, entrance £3 for non members.

AGM and talk Ancient Woodland and Trees 18th Oct 2019

We welcome Hugh Milner to tell us about our wonderful Ancient Woodlands and trees on Friday 18th October. Sympathetic management of ancient woodland can create ecological impact, enhance biodiversity and benefit ancient trees. All welcome, Froyle Village Hall doors open 6.30pm, AGM starts at 7pm, talk starts 7.30pm, entrance free for members, £3 non-members, teas and coffee.

Hugh worked for many years at nearby Alice Holt for the Forestry Commission as Head Forester. He says ancient woods have been his passion for nearly 30 years, quite a transformation from his commercial career. Hugh has visited some of the woodlands in Froyle, many of which are SINCs (Site of Importance for Nature Conservation), see map.

Think of an ancient tree and words that might come to mind are gnarled, knobbly, huge, bent and hollow. These sorts of characteristics are just as important as the actual age of the tree. The Ancient Tree Forum has information about the descriptions of old trees, whether they are Ancient, Veteran, Heritage, Notable or Champion. All support a wide range of wildlife including fungi, invertebrate, lichens and birds. They are irreplaceable in our lifetime.

A 1771 survey of woodlands and coppices on sundry estates in Froyle can be viewed at the Hampshire Record Office, reference 49M68/172 or download .pdf (5MB). Locally there are no trees in Froyle mentioned in the Woodland Trust’s inventory. The nearest are the Yew in Bentley churchyard, girth 3.97m and the Neatham Manor Oak, girth 9.08m. It would be brilliant to find trees in Froyle that could be added to this national inventory.

 

2nd Oct update: Please note there is a change of speaker as Jon Stokes is unavailable.

Pond dipping Froyle 11th August 2019

Family fun –join us for a 1h dipping session on Sunday 11th August to see what underwater creatures we can find in the wildlife pond near Gid Lane, Upper Froyle (see location plan).  Children will need to be accompanied by a responsible adult.  All equipment will be provided and numbers are limited so it is essential to book by emailing info@froylewildlife.co.uk, stating preference for 1.30pm or 2.30pm session.

Walk at Old Winchester Hill 7th August 2019

Join us for an afternoon walk 2pm on Wednesday 7th August 2019 at Old Winchester Hill, National Nature Reserve for flowers, views and butterflies. Most of our 3 mile, 2h route along the hilltop is relatively flat but it should be worthwhile to descend the steep ‘south slope’ where the chalkhill blue can sometimes be seen in huge numbers on sunny days. The flower rich grasslands have developed on the thin chalky soils that are low in nutrients, and prevent vigorous species from dominating the finer herbs.

Meet 2pm at the public car park OS Grid ref SU646213, about 2km south of West Meon or share lifts from Froyle Village Hall leaving at 1.20pm. For more information about this NNR, a leaflet can be downloaded as a .pdf from Natural England.

‘Drop-in’ at wildlife pond, Froyle 7th July 2019

Call in between 10am and 4pm on Sunday 7th July to visit the wildlife pond and meadow, near Gid Lane, Upper Froyle (see location map).  There should be plenty to see especially if it’s a sunny day.

Members of Froyle Wildlife will be on hand to assist with identification of wildflowers, dragonflies’ and butterflies.  Species to look out for include; knapweed, lady’s bedstraw, rough hawkbit, self heal, purple loosestrife, water figwort and bird’s-foot trefoil.  Last year emperor and four-spotted chaser dragonflies and meadow brown, large skipper and marbled white butterflies amongst others were on the wing.  Do pop in and see what you can spot.

Walk at Noar Hill SSSI 26th June 2019

Join us for a walk on Wednesday 26th June 10am at Noar Hill SSSI when we hope to see at least 4 species of wild orchid.  This 20 hectare nature reserve, managed by Hampshire Wildlife Trust, was originally formed by medieval chalk workings.  Over hundreds of years the mounds and hollows were colonised by a great variety of beautiful chalk downland flowers now rare in the wider countryside.  Many species enjoy the micro climates amongst the undulations with over 30 butterfly species recorded.

Meet there 10am or preferably share lifts from Froyle Village Hall leaving at 9.30am. as there is very limited roadside parking, OS grid reference SU737321 near Charity Farm.

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